12 arrests made at East Anglian derby with "minimal disorder"
PUBLISHED: 16:32 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 19 February 2018
ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434
A dozen arrests have been made in the wake of the East Anglian derby in Norwich this afternoon but police have praised the "good spirit" of the majority of fans.
In the lead up to and during the match 12 supporters were arrested for offences including criminal damage, assault and being drunk and disorderly.
Several direction to leave notices were also issued to fans to prevent trouble escalating.
Nearly 2,000 Ipswich Town FC supporters travelled to the city for the midday kick-off.
After the match police put cordons in place around the stadium to ensure fans could move safely from the ground and begin their journeys home.
Match-day policing commander, Superintendent Dave Marshall, said: “Overall there was good spirit between both sets of fans resulting in minimal disorder.
“The policing operation was firm in places and these tactics were used to ensure supporters enjoyed the game and journeys to and from the stadium in a safe environment.
“A number of fans were given direction to leave notices as a result of their behaviour; which was enough to cause concern for officers who took this reactive measure in a bid to prevent disorder. These supporters had been spoken to by police and were fully aware of the standards of behaviour expected, but sadly their conduct fell short of this resulting in police taking action.
“Additional cordons were also put in place to ensure the safety of those attending after the match and I would like to thank away fans for their patience and their co-operation during this time.”
Suffolk and British Transport Police gave assistance to Norfolk Police, as well as other partner agencies involved in the operation.
In total seven supporters were arrested for criminal damage offences, three arrested for assaults and two fans were arrested for being drunk and disorderly.